Navigators Global is a full-service issues management, government relations and strategic communications firm located in Washington, D.C. Our senior team members have advised Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies, political candidates and some of the nation’s most prominent elected officials.


Founding Principals Phil Anderson, Jim Pitts and Cesar Conda formed Navigators Global to provide exclusive services to clients whose needs demand solutions beyond the reach of other firms. By creating an elite team of federal lobbyists, political strategists and communications experts, Navigators Global proudly offers a broad range of services, unrivaled performance and proven results.

Phil Anderson

Founding Principal and President

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Mr. Anderson held a series of policy and political positions on Capitol Hill, with the National Republican Party, and with the George H.W. Bush Administration, including serving as Special Assistant to Vice President Dan Quayle and Deputy Assistant to Republican National Committee Chairman Lee Atwater. He has over 20 years of experience advising corporations, industries and elected officials on public policy issues and has implemented successful public policy campaigns for over 30 different clients and coalitions.


Mr. Anderson formed the Financial Services Coordinating Council (FSCC), served as its executive director, and led it to important financial services legislative victories. He also revived an insurance industry building code coalition and – while serving as the coalition’s executive director – branded it as the BuildStrong Coalition, significantly grew its budget and membership, and positioned the group as the “go-to” organization for mitigation and building code policy at the federal level. As executive director of the Puerto Rico Fiscal Stability Coalition, Mr. Anderson succeeded in re-framing the discussion surrounding the Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity Act of 2015 and garnering conservative support for the bill by positioning it as the free market solution to Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. While leading the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) in its effort to defeat card check, Mr. Anderson successfully shifted the battle between unions and the CDW into a fight about secret ballots and workplace privacy, causing card check to die in the Senate.


Named one of Washington’s top lobbyists by The Hill, Mr. Anderson has also been a frequent media source with commentary appearing in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Journal, and Investment News. He has appeared on CBS 60 Minutes II, CNN, CNBC, FOX NEWS, and ABC.


In 2004, Mr. Anderson was selected to the advisory board of George Washington University’s Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet. Mr. Anderson is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where he serves as a guest lecturer on politics and advocacy.

Jim Pitts

Founding Principal

A veteran of five presidential campaigns, Jim Pitts brings more than 25 years of experience working at the highest levels in the White House and Congress, and directing federal lobbying and opinion leader campaigns. He specializes in several fields, including energy, tribal affairs, high-tech, homeland security, international relations, and overall public relations and policy strategies.


Mr. Pitts previously served as the executive director of the Financial Services Coordinating Council (FSCC). Prior to joining the FSCC, he served as chief of staff to U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham (R-MI). Mr. Pitts is a veteran of two former administrations, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, where he held a number of senior-level executive branch positions in the White House, Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Energy and the Department of Labor.


In 1995, he entered the world of journalism as deputy publisher of The Weekly Standard, helping to launch one of the nation’s most respected political opinion publications. Named one of the top Washington lobbyists by The Hill, Mr. Pitts has been a frequent media source on political events. His commentary has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, ABC News’ Nightline and C-SPAN’s Morning Journal.


Mr. Pitts is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.

Cesar Conda

Founding Principal and Policy Advisor

Cesar Conda, a founding principal of Navigators Global, returned to the firm after serving as the first chief of staff for U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). According to The Weekly Standard, Mr. Conda is “a well-known and highly regarded policy wonk, with experience in the executive branch as well as on Capitol Hill.”


Conda, who was named “Top Lobbyist” by the National Institute for Lobbying and Ethics in 2020 and 2021, has successfully represented such blue chip corporate and trade association clients as AT&T, Oracle, NextEra Energy, Microsoft, VISA USA, the Recording Industry Association of America, and the American Petroleum Institute, among others.


Mr. Conda served in the Bush-Cheney White House as Assistant to the Vice President for Domestic Policy, where he was “instrumental in devising the Bush tax cuts” according to columnist Robert Novak. He was an advisor to the presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney in 2008 and Bob Dole in 1996. Conda spent 18 years on Capitol Hill as a senior aide to three U.S. Senators, and was Republican staff director of the Senate Small Business Committee. Roll Call included Conda in its “Fabulous Fifty” list of the most powerful congressional staffers. In 1999, he received the “Congressional Staffer of the Year Award” from the Information Technology Industry Council. Prior to his Senate career, Conda was a tax lobbyist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


Mr. Conda is a graduate of The College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Christopher Cox

Founding Principal

Chris Cox brings more than 25 years of legislative and political experience in senior positions in the White House and the U.S. House of Representatives. Most recently, Chris served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, having previously served President George W. Bush as special assistant for legislative affairs.


Over his two terms at the White House, Mr. Cox managed the House team and relationships with House leadership. He was responsible for executing the President’s legislative strategy through the first 5 months of the COVID crisis. For President Bush, Cox led on issues of taxation, international trade, defense, war on terror, intelligence, foreign policy and veterans’ affairs. He was an integral part of the lobbying campaigns that led to the signing into law of two tax bills, two supplemental appropriations bills, two cycles of defense appropriations and authorizations bills, and new authorization and appropriation of two major presidential initiatives – Global AIDS Relief and the Millennium Challenge Account.


An experienced hand in Congress, Mr. Cox served as chief of staff for U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI) and U.S. Representative Robin Hayes (R-NC). Prior to that, Mr. Cox served four years as legislative director for then-U.S. Representative and current U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA).


For each of the last ten years, Mr. Cox has been named one of Washington’s top lobbyists by The Hill. He received a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Illinois.

Andy Keiser

Senior Principal

Mr. Keiser served 14 years on Capitol Hill for former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (MI-08) – as Senior Advisor to the Committee, Chief of Staff, and Legislative Director overseeing all national security and Energy and Commerce Committee policy issues for the Congressman.


Mr. Keiser was also the head writer for a nationally syndicated radio program, assisted in the production of the CNN series “Declassified,” and is a regular media commentator on national security issues.


Now, Mr. Keiser leads several Navigators clients on defense, international, cybersecurity, biodefense, and technology, supply chain and telecommunications security issues.


Mr. Keiser has a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts from the United States Naval War College. Dubbed a “national security expert” by The Washington Post, he is a Senior Fellow and Guest Lecturer at the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School and a Senior Advisor at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. He also is a member of the OSS Society and serves on the Meridian International Center’s Meridian Council.

Ryan Berger

Ryan Berger


Ryan Berger served as the Policy Director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He brings a wealth of campaign and policy experience to the Navigators government relations and issues management practices.


While at the NRSC, Mr. Berger helped expand the Republican Senate majority in 2018 under the leadership of Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and other top officials. As Policy Director, Mr. Berger developed policy proposals and educated Senators, candidates, and campaign teams on federal issues and voter communication.


Mr. Berger has over 15 years of experience on Capitol Hill. He was a member of the Presidential Trump Transition team and served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Senate Republican Conference Vice Chair Joni Ernst (R-IA). Previously, Mr. Berger served as Legislative Director for former Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ).


Mr. Berger received an M.A. from George Washington University and an undergraduate degree from Ohio University.

Ryan Berger

Doug Distaso


After over 25 years in the United States Air Force, Doug Distaso joined Navigators to lead the Security, Defense & Space Practice. Mr. Distaso recently retired from assignment at the Pentagon for the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), as the Special Assistant to the Vice Commander. In that position, he crafted executive-level interagency engagement strategies designed to increase both the budget and operational authorities of our nation’s most elite warriors. Mr. Distaso also played the lead role in integrating Special Operations Forces (SOF) into the Third Offset Strategy and the high-end future of war, given explosive growth in technology opportunities globally.


Between Mr. Distaso’s many operational assignments, he was fortunate to serve as a primary legislative affairs lead for two USSOCOM commanders. During that tenure billions of dollars’ worth of SOF aircraft, training capacity, and technology were added to Appropriations Legislation, while military construction projects quadrupled for aviation units. His efforts alone grew the House and Senate SOF Caucus by 300%.


From 2000-2015 Mr. Distaso commanded over 3,500 aviation, maintenance, and support personnel globally. This operational focus allowed successes in counter-terrorism hotspots from Europe to the Pacific.


Mr. Distaso graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and continued his education at Johns-Hopkins University.

Lori Kuhns


Lori Kuhns joined Navigators Global in 2003 and oversees the firm’s business operations. Ms. Kuhns teams with the firm’s president and founding principal to facilitate the general administration and financial management of the firm.


Ms. Kuhns has over 20 years of experience in government relations project management, administrative services and event planning.  Prior to joining Navigators Global, Ms. Kuhns served in a number of senior-level administrative positions in the financial services and insurance industry.


Ms. Kuhns attended Oklahoma State University and is an active volunteer for various political campaigns at the state and local levels.

Susan Nelson


Susan Nelson has substantial political and legislative expertise, as well as extensive experience working on behalf of corporate clients on business and public policy issues. Before joining Navigators Global, Ms. Nelson was a principal at Gray Loeffler, LLC. She has also held senior positions at other notable public affairs firms, including The Federalist Group and Berman Enterprises, where she served as senior vice president of State Government Affairs.


Ms. Nelson brings extensive state and campaign experience to the firm. Most recently she took a sabbatical from the private sector to serve as the national finance director for John McCain 2008, overseeing the entire finance organization for the presidential campaign throughout the primary and general election.


Ms. Nelson served as the finance director of the Republican Governors Association, where she was responsible during the 2002 election cycle for overseeing 36 gubernatorial races and raising party funds for them. Her leadership led to record fundraising numbers and victories in the great majority of the races. Before joining the RGA, Ms. Nelson co-owned and operated Eudy Nelson & Associates, a highly regarded Washington, D.C.-based political fundraising company. She also served as national and Political Action Committee consultant to numerous U.S. Senators and campaigns.

John Tahsuda


John Tahsuda III, a member of the Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma, was the former Senior Counselor to the Secretary of the Interior from September, 2020 to January 20, 2021. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Tahsuda served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs.


Previously, Mr. Tahsuda served as staff director of the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee, where he directed policy and legislative efforts relating to Indian tribes. He also was directly responsible for federal policy and legislation affecting gaming, federal recognition, self-governance, and Indian health care.


From 1991 to 2001, Mr. Tahsuda served as general counsel and legislative director of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), the Indian gaming industry’s trade association, where he monitored legislation and policy issues affecting the organization’s 180 member tribes and assisted them in their lobbying efforts.


Mr. Tahsuda received a juris doctorate from Cornell Law School in 1993 and a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University in 1990. He is the proud father of triplets.


Sarah Rogers

Vice President of Legislative Affairs

Sarah Rogers is a key member of the Navigators Global government relations and issues management practice. She brings a top tier legislative and political acumen from her extensive experience working in the private sector and public officials.


Ms. Rogers joined the Navigators team from Walmart, where she served as the Director of Federal Government Affairs for over six years. In that role, she led the company’s outreach efforts with U.S. House of Representatives Republican offices, advanced its extensive legislative priorities, collaborated with outside organizations such as coalitions and trade associations, and managed its federal labor relations and veterans’ portfolios.


An accomplished fixture in Congress, Ms. Rogers previously served as the Chief of Staff to Representative Patrick Meehan (R-PA). Her prior tenure also included roles with the offices of Representative Michael Conaway (R-TX) and then-Congressmen Randy Forbes (R-VA) and Curt Weldon (R-PA).


In addition to her public and private sector work, Ms. Rogers is a member of the Board of Trustees at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater DC-Maryland Chapter. She is a graduate of Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. Ms. Rogers lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband, John, and daughters, Grace and Claire.

Ado Machida

Ado A. Machida

Senior Strategist

Prior to joining Navigators, Ado Machida served as the Director of Policy Implementation for the Trump Transition effort. In this role, he was responsible for managing the advancement of Day 1/Day 100/Day 200 action plans for the Trump Administration. Mr. Machida and his team developed over two hundred Executive Orders, Secretarial Guidance, regulatory change, and legislative proposals to achieve the campaign promises then-Candidate Donald J. Trump articulated. In addition, Mr. Machida briefed Secretary-nominees on policy issues and guided them through the confirmation process.


Mr. Machida previously served as Chief Domestic Policy Officer for Vice President Cheney and as Assistant to the Republican Leader, Senator Bob Dole. He is also the past President of the International Stability Operations Association, which represented 50+ corporate members to both the Executive and Legislative branches. Additionally, Mr. Machida is the former Vice President of Government Relations at defense manufacturer BAE Systems.


Mr. Machida is bilingual in English and Japanese and possesses law degrees from Kyoto University and New York University Law School. He also attended Columbia University and Harvard Business School. Mr. Machida resides in Northern Virginia with his wife of 20 years, their six children, and their family dog.

Ado Machida
Tom Trask
Tom Trask

Thomas Trask

Senior Strategist – Security, Defense & Space

After over 30 years in the United States Air Force, General Thomas Trask joined Navigators as the senior strategist for the Security, Defense & Space Practice. Most recently, General Trask served as Vice Commander of the Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command, in which role he was responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing actions with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Services and other government agencies in the National Capital Region on behalf of the Commander USSOCOM. During his service, General Trask also worked with the White House and Congress to ensure appropriations for special operations were utilized effectively and with minimal risk to special operators.


General Trask’s expertise is highly valued within the national security and defense sector. In addition to his role at Navigators, he serves as a Director for CAE USA Mission Solutions, is a member of the Military Advisory Board for FLIR Inc., serves as Senior Fellow for the Center for Naval Analysis in Arlington, Virginia, and is a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the College of Security and Intelligence at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona.


General Trask has a Bachelor’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Master’s degrees in international relations from Troy State University, in national security and strategic studies from Naval War College, and in airpower art and science from the School of Advanced Airpower Studies.

Susan Mboya

Senior Strategist

Susan Myboya leads the Navigators Global International Practice. Dr. Mboya currently serves as the President of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and as the Coca-Cola Group Director for Women’s Economic Empowerment for Eurasia and Africa. In addition to her global corporate foundation experience, Dr. Mboya has a substantial background in international politics, serving as an advisor to high-level government officials, NGOs, C-Suite executives, and local economic and political leaders.


Dr. Mboya has led numerous philanthropic and charitable initiatives, including her work with Coca-Cola’s Replenish African Initiative (RAIN), which provides access to clean water to people in Africa. Additionally, Dr. Mboya specializes in programs that promote entrepreneurship, mentorship, and education to women and young people. She is the founder of the Zawadi Africa Educational Fund, which provides scholarships and leadership training to African girls. She is also a member of the African Leadership Network.


Dr. Mboya received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut and went on to receive a Doctorate in Industrial Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.

Sharol McDade

Senior Strategist

Sharol L. McDade joined Navigators as a Senior Strategist for the firm’s tribal affairs practice. She brings more than 25 years of experience in tribal economic development and governmental operations, from the local to national level. Driven by her passion to enhance the skills of Tribal Court Judges throughout Indian Country, she successfully advocated on behalf of funding to establish the National Tribal Judicial Education Center (NTJC), an extension of the National Judicial College. The NTJC continues to provide tribal judicial education to judges throughout the country and serves as the only continuing education center for tribal court issues.


Ms. McDade has devoted her career to furthering the interests of Tribes throughout the country by pursuing increased funding levels for new and enhanced services for Tribal members and future generations. She is also the President and Founder of MACWORX LLC, a tribally owned consulting business, providing essential grant writing services, strategic planning, technical assistance, and training to clients throughout Indian Country.


Ms. McDade is a longtime member of the National American Indian Housing Council. She is an enrolled member of the Shoshone-Paiutes Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation.

Robb Wong

Senior Advisor and Strategic Partner

Robb Wong joined Navigators after serving as a presidential appointee at the U.S. Small Business Administration until 2020. Mr. Wong brings significant federal experience, having worked with the Department of Defense and leaders on the Hill to maximize opportunities for small business through legislative, regulatory, policy, and administrative processes.


At the Small Business Administration, Mr. Wong led the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development (GCBD), where he oversaw more than $450 billion in annual federal spending. During his tenure he oversaw an increase in federal small business market funding, an overhaul of HubZone program regulations, the establishment of the formal certification process for women-owned small businesses, and worked with the Hill to shape the PPP Act to protect small business, among other accomplishments. He was honored as Government Advocate of the Year in 2019.


Prior to joining the Small Business Administration – for the second time, after having served as an attorney for the Administration previously – Mr. Wong owned and led a number of successful small businesses.


Mr. Wong graduated from Georgetown University with a law degree. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.

Brian Darling

Senior Advisor for Communications and Strategic Partner

Brian Darling established and founded Liberty Government Affairs, one of the top strategic communications shops in Washington, D.C. He is former Counsel and Sr. Communications Director for Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). Darling followed up that position with two years at a small public relations firm before establishing his firm in July 2018.


Darling worked a year and a half with the Senate Judiciary Committee for Sen. Bob Smith (R- NH), then served as the Senator’s counsel until 2002. He staffed three other United States Senators in various capacities. Darling was also a seven-year staffer of The Heritage Foundation where he authored reports on the filibuster and the Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. He held the title of Sr. Fellow for Government Affairs and handled government relations for the conservative think tank during his tenure.


Darling is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. He has frequently appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, Fox Business, and Newsmax TV. He is a former columnist for Human Events and has been published in several other platforms, including the Washington Times, Daily Mail, Daily Caller, Townhall and Washington Examiner.


Darling lives in Maryland with his wife and three children.

Tim Hagood

Vice President, Communications and Advocacy

Tim Hagood produces a variety of compelling written communications, including press releases, marketing collateral, and client support materials. He also engages in various research projects and provides support to business operations.


Prior to joining Navigators, Mr. Hagood served as the in-house publicist for a small press publisher in Richmond, Virginia.


Mr. Hagood is a graduate of James Madison University in Virginia.